A land of towering mountains, epic treks and deep-rooted culture, Nepal is a travellers dream. Located in South Asia and bordering India and China, Nepal is a tiny landlocked country within the Himalayas. Often referred to as the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism is the predominant religion throughout the country. Nepal is also the home of Buddhism where, in the middle of the first millennium BCE, Gautama Buddha - the founder of Buddhism - was born in southern Nepal.
The cultural heritage of Nepal is as fascinating and beautiful as the landscape itself with intimately designed monasteries and beautiful Buddhist temples. The bustling capital city of Kathmandu is a sweeping metropolis of traditional restaurants and boutique shops. The city is the centre of Nepal's history, art and culture and the vibrant mix between between Hinduism and Buddhism makes the area a melting pot for stunning architecture.
For most travellers though, it’s the mountains that draws them to Nepal. Housing eight of the worlds ten tallest mountains, Nepal is a trekkers paradise. Treks such as the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit are attracting more and more visitors to Nepal each year and there are now well over a million tourists who cross the Nepalese border annually. Because of the high altitude, trekking is best done in the warmer dry months of March to June and September to November.